Born in 1992, John Lander was raised in Brooklyn, New York and has been playing piano since age of 5. Primarily self-taught until adolescence, John's skill rapidly increased with the mentoring of such musical figures as Paula Chan Bing, Arturo O'Farrill, Alvin Atkinson, and Frank Kimbrough. He is a graduate of Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan and currently attends the Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York. John is a member of the New York All City Jazz Band and has performed at Lincoln Center, Gracie Mansion, the Apollo, Sugar Ray's, Harlem School of the Arts, Smalls Jazz Club and many other venues in the New York area. Open and malleable, yet knowledgeable and quick minded, John has acquired a style all his own and has a unique and personal connection with his instrument. He has been hired multiple times as a pianist (solo and with a band), as an accompanist, as a transcriber/editor, and as a teacher. He has received an endorsement from East Coast Pianos, been awarded scholarships to WPU and Juilliard/SNOW Summer Jazz Camps, and recently won the Young Arts Jazz Regional Award.